For many locals that I’ve asked around while in Calabanga, Camarines Sur, they say that the church in Quipayo, now part of this municipality, is the oldest in the province. While I have no data to support this one, there is, however, an interesting but forgotten structure in this barangay that is dangerously hanging on to its existence.
The old Catholic cemetery of Quipayo is quite small, probably 30m x 30m in size. While the front is already modern, portions at the right and back side still had its original perimeter fence made of mamposteria for the walls and combination of bricks and mortar for the columns.
But the present condition is deplorable. Now surrounded by rice fields, what remains of the walls are in danger of collapse as the soil beneath these walls have been softened with the standing water. The remaining perimeter fence is already leaning towards the field and may eventually fall.
In October 2014, I visited Naga City and the towns of Calabanga and Camaligan in search of old churches and cemeteries. This three part series shows what remains of these final resting places of the dead: the old cemetery of Camaligan, the forgotten cemetery fence of Quipayo and the old cemetery at the Penafrancia ermita